Friday, October 30, 2015

Bowling with the Stars - Laurel Swetham

Here is another tiny bowl from the bowl exchange. This one is made by Laurel Swetnam. A visit to her website will many wonderful pieces. I am particularly partial to her necklace that are a exercise in precision and abundance.

In Laurel's words - "Millefiori cane work  appeals to my love of patterns (textiles, quilts, baroque music!) and the chameleon qualities of this material invite explorations into the symmetry and diversity of organic forms like pods, anemones and flowers. Each piece I make is one of a kind.  For me, polymer clay is three-dimensional color."

Thursday, October 29, 2015

GI Monent - Giants Among Us

Today it is raining in Vancouver I am not at the market but I would like to share one of the not so little treasure on the island. Thanks to a set of twins from Brazil, Os Gemeos, the Ocean Concrete plant on the island looks like it ils dressed for Halloween every day.

For more about the sculptures on Granville Island go to www.wide walls.

 I spend much of my time at Granville Island.  I  would like show people what it is like.


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Boo to You

These little lockets are posted on Etsy
These are tiny lockets that I have made into skulls. I am not sure what the attraction is to skulls. I make whistles and zipper pulls and people seem to like them. Me, I'm in it for the money but since I have only posted these four on Etsy, I will not be retiring to my own private island soon.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Bowls 87to 95

No these are not the same bowls that I posted last week.These are some more of the bowls I made for the bowl exchange. I still love blue and white. I could continue making blue and white bowls indefinitely. And At this point it looks like I just might.

Like bowls I show from this exchange, these bowls are only 2 inches (50 mm) across.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Bowling with the Stars - Nan Roche


Nan Roche wrote the book that made me put aside my water colours and acrylics. That made me forsake sewing, grapic design, basket making and what ever other thing that I playied and worked at. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in working with polymer clay.There is so much about Nan on the net about Nan but I could not find any one place so this is a link to a visual treat, Nan's images.

 I will treasure the little little bowl that I received in a resent exchange. Thanks Nan for everything I learned because you started me on this path.
I have included the scarlet runner beans to show the scale of the  bowls that I collected in a resent bowl exchange. 



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Thursday, October 22, 2015

GI Moment - Let the Haunting Begin

As we get closer to Halloween it can get a little scary around Granville Island. Being of timid heart I am not in the market this week but I took these pictures a while ago to show just how scary it can get.

The deer skull is part of JJ Stone's table display. JJ Makes amazing flint nabbed obsidian knives.It is worth a click to visit his site to see the knives up close. N David is the master of paper that turns frightening this time of year. Unfortunately I have no link to the fascinating cards that open to whatever the season suggests..
I spend much of my time at Granville Island.  I  would like show people what it is like.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Getting Pinned - A Hint for Makers

There is an idea for transporting raw clay items. I often work away from home and have to return with a bunch of raw clay things to cook. I have found that if I support them with pins I have less casualties of transport. When there are bails or cooked clay,  the pins can touch without making marks during cooking but I use addition pieces of card pinned in place when I think the pins might mark my work.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Bowls 79 to 86

These are some of the bowls I made for the bowl exchange. I love blue and white. I could continue the those and a touch of gold indefinitely.

Like bowls I show from this exchange, these bowls are only 2 inches (50 mm) across.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Bowling with the Stars - Laura Tabakmann

One of the people I exchanged bowls with this summer is Laura Tabakman. Laura's jewelry and installantion are amazing. Her web site seems to be of line while I write this but you can see the wonderfulness of her work by visiting her Flickr site.
The little bowl you see here is only a couple of inches across and  does not look so remarkable until the light shines through it and the it look wonderful.

I have included the scarlet runner beans to show the scale of the  bowls that I collected in a resent bowl exchange.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

GI Moment - Who left a boat in the road?

A little island passenger ferry taking a ride.


I spend much of my time at Granville Island.  I  would like show people what it is like.

Granville Island is an island, there are boats every where.  The exception is the causeway that leads on the island, thus allowing boats to be hauled on and to even occupationally occupy roadways.

Last week I profiled Ravenwood Soap. This will I would like to feature Free Lion Body Care. This is a very new company with view to making you feel comfortable in your skin. Owner and originator Sherezade says.
"Our body care products are hand-made in small batches from ingredients you can pronounce. We make products that are good for you and the planet, and make you feel good too."

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Bowls 57 to 78

Well this sort of catches up for lost time. Yes they are all different and have not been posted before. At this rate I will be finished in no time.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Bowl 56

Really I am working up to some bigger posts. I have a lot of unrelieved bowls. I have to get a move on.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Bowl 55

I am going to have to get a move on posting these if I want to finish the hundred before the end to the year.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Bowling With the Stars - Wanda Shum

I recently participated on a polymer clay bowl exchange. I would like to share some to those bowls and others made by artists I know or would like to know .

Wanda Shum was not part of the bowl exchange but her work is as wild and wonderfully colourful as Wanda herself. Wanda is known for her great butterflies and dragonflies. She lives on Vancouver Island the home of some other note-worth polymer clay artists.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Bowl 54

This is the first day in a month that my table is out of Granville Island Public Market. I spent the morning in the studio and  I am planning to spend a few hours in the garden this after noon. Oh! Freedom!

Monday, October 5, 2015

GI - Moment - The First Week in October

The pictures in in this post were taken by Dalia Mizrahi of Ravenwood Soaps
I spend so much of my time at Granville Island.  I  would like show people a glimpse of what it is like.

Granville Island is magic: a tourist trap, an artist enclave, a foodie paradise, the last vestige of Vancouver's industrial past. It all depends on who you speak to. It is often crowded but always fun.

Right now the leaves a changing and the rush of summer is over. It is not as quiet as it will become later in October  nor as busy as it will be in December. Many of the artisans at the Public Market are taking time away form the market to catch up on work to fill in the hole in their inventory. I am one of them but I will take time off from working at the studio to visit here to watch the changes the changes.

This week I was next to Ravenwood Soaps, one of the four excellent producers of body care items that sell in the market.
 "Ravenwood soap products are inspired by nature and they are also nature friendly. I believe in the healing properties of plants and minerals, that is why in my soap and body care products all the ingredients are natural. Plants support our complex human ecosystem, improving our health, relieving stress, strengthening our immune system."

I want tho thank Dalia for her excellent picture for this entry.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Anti Tarnish - A Work to the Wise

Owl whistles here to fill a space.
I recently got and email from a customer telling me that her the owl necklace that I had made had been destroyed  or a least marred by being stored in a bag that had been treated by an anti tarnish compound to retard tarnishing in silver. She did not have a name for the product but this leads me to wonder if anyone else has had this problem with silver anti tarnish chemicals? Fortunately there was an other similar necklace at the store where she bought the necklace so she was able to replace with out me rushing it.